Photo of lighting and clean up activity on the Eastbank Esplanade in Central City Portland.

I believe all Portlanders should be able to live, work, and conduct daily lives in a community that is safe and clean. -Mayor Ted Wheeler

Public Environment Management Office (PEMO)

The Public Environment Management Office (PEMO) was established through Mayor Wheeler’s Emergency Declaration in May 2022 to coordinate City resources to address livability-related issues across Portland.

Their solutions address trash, graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, and more in public spaces like sidewalks, streets, parks, right of ways, and others.

PEMO also focuses on public space activation to promote economic vitality, community safety, and community use. These activation efforts have taken many forms including lighting, murals, landscaping, infrastructure improvements, general beautification, nuisance deterrence, and more. 

Learn More About PEMO

Comprehensive guide to the City of Portland's community cleanup resources

This link provides access to litter and graffiti resources in your neighborhood and around Portland. Plus, where to report overflowing public trash cans, abandoned vehicles or shopping carts, and other areas with large quantities of trash.

The Mayor has long prioritized enhancing livability-related efforts to eliminate trash, biohazards, drug needles, expanding our neighborhood graffiti abatement program, and starting a new program to get hazardous and abandoned RVs off our roads.

For homelessness related information, click here.

For Metro's RID Patrol, click here.

Our partners include SOLVEAdopt One Block, Downtown Portland’s Clean & Safe, Trash for Peace and we work closely with Port of Portland, ODOT, Oregon Department of State Lands, and Multnomah County